February 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

MBC – Seigle Impact Track Finalists

Business+Impact wants to thank all the teams and judges involved in Round Two of this year’s Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track! The competition has been very successful thus far, and the 8 teams from Round Two did a lot of hard work on their presentations. The Seigle Impact Track had a panel of three judges from the impact investing and foundation communities. The finalists are Dear Black Women, NeoHealth, Practical Prosthetics, and SubQ Assist. They will compete in the MBC-SIT Finals on March 15th at Ross.

See a photo gallery from the event


“The Choice” Wrestled with Algorithms and the Future of Democracy and Markets

On Fri, Feb. 8, Business+Impact and U-M’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems gathered U-M scholars from across disciplinary boundaries to ponder big questions about how society should best choose the institutions/methodologies to make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organizations’ ability to flourish. These institutions and mechanisms guide, manage, allocate, and harness society’s intellectual, financial, social, and ecological resources to decide on laws, policies, and leaders. 

See a photo gallery from the event

B+I Seeks Program Coordinator

Apply by Wed, Feb. 27

Business+Impact is looking to hire a Program Coordinator to advance its work with students and partners to deliver on its mission and create impact. The Program Coordinator will plan, execute, and improve on our new Impact Studio space, programming, and course. Additionally, the coordinator will help deliver programs and events like the Board Fellowship Program, Summer Internships, entrepreneurship competitions, and the Social Innovation Speaker Series. Finally, the Program Coordinator will aid in marketing & communications for B+I. Get information and apply by Wed, Feb. 27.


Aspen’s International MBA Case Competition Is Coming to Ross!

Apply by Mon, Mar. 25
Event: Mar. 29 – Apr. 1

Michigan Ross has been selected to partner on the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. This preeminent program differs from other MBA case study competitions in that its focus is explicitly on environmental, social, and ethical decisions currently being faced by a real business. The top five teams worldwide will be flown to NYC to present in front of corporate, academic and other friends of the Aspen Institute and to compete for a share of over $30,000 in scholarship funds.


Ross Event Highlights:

At Ross: Poverty Simulation
Tues, Feb. 26 @ 6-9 pm
Ross, Blau Colloquium

Erb: Christiana Figueres
Thurs, Mar. 14 @ 5 pm
Hill Auditorium

ZLI: Michigan Business Challenge Finals
Fri, Mar. 15 @ 8am – 10pm
Ross School of Business

Net Impact: Michigan Impact Investing Symposium
Pitches due: Mar. 15

B+I: Work/Force: Solving for Jobs, Mobility and Equity in an Era of Rapid Change
Featuring the CEO of Walmart America
Tues, Mar. 26 @ 4-7:30pm
Ross Tauber Colloquium

Sanger: BBA Leadership Crisis Challenge
Mar. 28 & 29
Ross / Michigan Stadium

For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com


Fall ’19 Impact Studio Class Info

Our Impact Studio class will be offered again in Fall 2019 (watch for a listing in the Ross course catalog this Spring). It will be a 6-credit course open to Masters students from Ross and across campus. This multidisciplinary class will continue its work on the Flint water crisis, and will also tackle a second topic such as financial inclusion. More details to follow.

Board Fellows Forum Addressed the Challenge of Attracting Younger Talent

On Tues, Feb. 12, B+I hosted a panel discussion focused on the value of a younger perspective on nonprofit boards and the efforts in place to adapt to a major generational shift.

Watch the Video

Designing for Impact: A Conversation with Cynthia Koenig

Mon, Mar. 18, 5:30 – 7 pm
Ross R1210

Join the Impact Studio at Ross for a discussion on leveraging design for impact with social innovator and MBA/MS ‘11 alum Cynthia Koenig. Cynthia is a Product Management Principal at Amazon, focused on designing impactful new digital products, and is the Founder of Wello, an award-winning social venture that designs disruptive and affordable innovations to provide better, more reliable access to safe water.



Make an Impact with Your Internship

Application Open
Apply by April 12

Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission.

Info and Application

Impact News & Notes


Fostering Social Change at Work Takes More Than MoneyRoss RTIA

When it comes to investment giants furthering social good…Fast Company

Rural Training Centers to Unlock Female Laborgbl

U-M Poverty Solutions Impact Report: A Testament to Partners, Progress in DetroitPS News

Giving workers a voice improves retentionMichigan News

A changing climate: Congress moves on climate change, Barry Rabe questions how farFord School

When you realize, it’s not just you. – Shedding light on gender and navigating academia Erb Institute

CSR Needs CPR: Corporate Sustainability and Politics CA Mgmt. Review

At the University:


Eye on Detroit: Plight of the Black Academic

Thurs, Feb. 21, 6 – 8 pm
U-M Detroit Center

In recent years, student protests have sprung up related to the racial climate on college campuses. While students are trying to get their voices heard, faculty are still being hindered as their professional reputation hangs on the line. Join us as we discuss the challenges and opportunities of Black Academics.

Event Info


Summer Studio at C-SED

Application Deadline: Fri, Mar. 8

As collaborative members of an interdisciplinary team, student interns engage clients directly and work together through a design process to create strategies that transform research into desirable, viable, and feasible innovations. For the summer of 2019, the studio is hiring several interns for the following roles: Design Research Intern, Experience Design Intern, and Business Design Intern.

More info


Fixed Interest: A Paper Symposium on Debtor Urbanization

Fri, Mar. 15 @
Rackham Hall

This symposium will share papers on student loans, micro-credit, and adjustment policies. Submissions will represent political and policy interventions into debtor urbanization establishing post-debt or non-debt futures and systems. Two keynote lectures by established scholars will relate debt to urban and institutional power.

More Info


DEI Innovation Grants

Application due: Fri, Mar. 15

To encourage campus-wide efforts that promote, enhance and celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion, the Office Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has established a dedicated DE&I Innovation Fund to support projects that advance an innovative approach to DEI at U-M. The recommended average size of grants should range between $2,000 and $5,000. U-M Students, staff and faculty are eligible to apply



Entering, Engaging & Exiting Communities

Tues, Mar. 19 @ 6:30 – 8 pm
Ginsberg Center

This interactive workshop introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways. This workshop is open to all students, including ones in classes of less than eight students or student organizations.

Register here


Made at Michigan Application

App deadline: Sun, Mar. 24

For the fourth year in a row, Innovate Blue is teaming up with partners across campus to produce the Made at Michigan report—a compilation of annual entrepreneurship highlights with a special focus on undergraduate and graduate student ventures created over the course of the year. Apply now to not only gain visibility and make your mark, but to also join U-M’s long legacy of student innovation by being a part of the university’s historical record of entrepreneurs!

Apply here


Community Engagement Faculty Grants

App deadline: Mon, Apr. 1

Ginsberg Center seeks to engage faculty interested in advancing their scholarship while enhancing the capacity of social sector community partners and communities through substantial, reciprocal engagement in Washtenaw County, Detroit, and other Southeast Michigan communities. The Center expects to award up to $150,000 this year through these Community Engagement Grants.

Apply here

In the Impact Community:

Tory Burch Foundation Fellows

Application deadline: Tues, Mar. 12

Designed for women entrepreneurs the Tory Burch Foundation provides fellowships that support women so they may connect, learn, and grow their businesses. Recipients receive a $5,000 grant, a year-long fellowship and trip to the Tory Burch Offices.

Apply here

SXSW Social & Global Impact Track

Mar. 8-17, 2019
Austin, TX

From nonprofits and foundations to activists and entertainers, these South by Southwest sessions allow those working toward social and global good to identify and share impactful ideas and knowledge. Featuring hundreds of sessions and keynote speaker David Byrne, this year’s track provides ten days of unparalleled discovery, learning, and networking with creatives across all disciplines.

Conference information

GMAT Think Like an Entrepreneur

Application deadline: Sun, Mar. 31

“Think Like an Entrepreneur” encourages undergraduate students in the US to solve a social issue while motivating others to join their effort. Through March 31, 2019, GMAT will accept proposals that integrate the value of impactful social entrepreneurship with a graduate business education. The proposal garnering the most votes will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize. 

Info and Application

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